Wednesday, September 16, 2015

LADWP Swimming Pool Rebate Program - It's Not Too Late!

It's not too late to cash in on LADWP's pool pump rebate program. Funds are still available and we offer FREE estimates. There are some restrictions (see our flyer or give us a call today!). You could be saving money throughout the year AND receiving your pump almost completely free after rebate.

More details are available on the little spinet from our flyer below or by simply giving us a call. Don't miss out!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Food Drive!


DECEMBER 7, 2013
During this difficult economy, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission is in dire need of canned and dry goods for the less privileged members of our community. In an effort to help our community, Cannonball Pools will be collecting canned goods on Saturday, December 7th from all those who want to participate.

Please contact us if you would like a bag to place any of the approved items (list is located below). All the items collected will be donated on Monday, December 9th. 

Donate Food/Hygiene Products
All donations listed below must be undamaged, unopened and in the original packaging.
Food must not be past suggested expiration date.

Personal Items
·      Deodorant
·      Toothbrush
·      Toothpaste
·      Disposable Razor
·      Shampoo
·      Lotion
·      Soap
·      Comb/Brush
·      New socks and underwear
·      Disposable diapers, baby wipes, baby powder
·      Paper plates, cups, and napkins
·      Toilet paper, paper towels

·      Canned Fruit
·      Canned Soup/Broth
·      Canned Tuna
·      Canned Vegetable
·      Canned Meat/Beef
·      Spaghetti Sauce
·      Crackers/Cookies
·      Cereals (Hot or Cold)
·      Spaghetti/Pasta
·      Macaroni & Cheese
· Peanut Butter

·      Jams/Jelly
·      Bottled Water

Friday, November 8, 2013

Algae Q&A

This past summer we encountered a lot of Green Pools. Algae was forming and folks were devastated to find their pool infested and overtaken by algae (both green and black). We ran into a lot of questions about why algae was forming, how it got there, and what could they do to prevent it from happening again. Thought this would be a perfect topic to share our knowledge on.

Why Is There Algae In My Pool?!
The best way to keep your pool not only beautiful and sparkling but healthy is proper maintenance. Algae thrives in pools that are not well kept and can form in pools that are even being 'maintained'. This is usually due to improper maintenance. Have you ever seen your pool man test the water with those little strips with colorful markings on it? That tells the pool man what the pool needs in relation to chemicals. Maintaining the proper pH balance is ESSENTIAL to prevent algae from forming.

Another reason folks end up with algae forming in their pools is due to poor circulation. Every pool NEEDS to have a good filtration system to help prevent the growth of algae. When water sits for long periods of time without being circulated, algae will start to form rapidly, especially in hotter weather conditions. Filters and pumps are needed and must be functioning properly. If you have a leak or a broken filter or pump, it will need to be replaced immediately to help prevent the growth of algae. Also, your filter will needed to cleaned at least twice a year or more, depending on the debris in your pool and filter. Pump and skimmer baskets also need to be maintained to ensure proper circulation. You should have your pool equipment checked regularly (weekly) to ensure proper circulation and function.

Finally, weather conditions can encourage algae to form in your pool. Outdoor swimming pools are an open source of water for not only animals and insects but for bacteria, spores and other microscopic life. If your pool is not balanced and/or has poor circulation, they can make their way to the bottom of your pool and start the growth of algae. Wind, trees, animals and insects carry these small living organisms into your pool which is how they start their new life. This is why it is equally important to have your pool serviced weekly to clean out these small infections.

How Do I Prevent Algae In My Pool?!
The best way to prevent algae from forming is by having your pool serviced weekly by a certified (and licensed) technician. Certified technicians have been certified with the state by taking the necessary classes and demonstrating their knowledge. They are awarded a certificate of completion and compliance once they are able to pass the state test.

If you want to maintain the pool yourself, test your pool's water on a regular basis. You can buy strips at your local pool supply store or take a sample of your pool water to local pool shops and have the water tested. Once you know what your pool needs, you can ask the pool supply representative for recommended chemicals to help balance your pool. The essentials include conditioner, acid and chlorine. Some pools require more chemicals and care so be sure to discuss your personal pool situation with a knowledgeable representative. 

If you put everything you just learned into play, you will be well on your way to enjoying your personal oasis or family retreat in your own backyard.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Square Survey

One question and request we run into a lot from our customers and clients is “Do you accept credit cards?” In the past the only way we have been able to accept credit cards is via PayPal. But because some folks don’t have a PayPal account, we are considering using Sqaure

We would love to offer this option to our clients and customers so we want to hear from you!

Please take a moment to fill out our mini survey HERE and tell us if you would like the option to use your credit card to pay for services provided by Cannonball Pools!

We appreciate your participation and look forward to serving you better!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Support Our Troops!

Cannonball Pools will be supporting our troops this summer. Items will be donated every week to the Simi Valley locations listed on the For The Troops website. We encourage everyone to participate if you can. If you wish to donate, please contact Amber Farris via email at or by phone at 818.304.1995. Items can either be dropped-off with Amber or picked up.

Troops Wish List

· Baby Wipes
· Toilet Paper
· Granola & Power Bars
· Dried Fruit, Raisins, Nuts
· Gum
· Candy, Hard Candy
· Presweetened Powdered Gatorade
· Crystal Light, Individual size
· Small Handheld
· Travel Games
· DVDs
· CDs
· Magazines, Newspapers, Comics
· Athletic Socks
· Neck Cooler Ties
· AA & AAA Batteries
· Beef Jerky (no pork products please)
· Trailmix
· Pop Tarts, Individual Snack Size
· Small Jars of Peanut Butter & Jelly
· Potato Chips (in cylinder cans)
· Crossword, Word Search, Sudoku, Puzzle books
· Paperback Novels
· Stationary Items: Pens, Blank Cards
· Lip Balm
· Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
· Cotton Swabs
· Q-tips
· Pipe Cleaners

Other Items of Interest

· June 21st was the first official day of summer. And to celebrate, we are giving discounts on all Letters of appreciation from children & adults
· Tax deductible monetary donations for postage
· Non-prescription medications; such as: aspirin/ibuprofen, eye drops, foot powder, anti-itch cream, sunblock, cold/allergy medications and feminine hygiene products

If you wish to donate, please see Amber Farris. All items are appreciated!

Items will be donated every week. So if you wish to donate, it’s NEVER too late. If you have items you want to donate and don’t see them listed, please send Amber Farris an email –

For The Troops

P.O. Box 630103, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Headquarters: 2872 Cochran Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065


Paula Cornell: 805.306.0830

Janie Josephson: 818.640.3846

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Announcement from LADWP Re: Rebate!

Summer is just around the corner and Cannonball Pools is doing our part to get our clients ready for fun in the sun. So, we would like to make you aware of LADWP’s effort to give homeowners a big rebate on select variable speed pumps!

Right now and until May 31st, LADWP is offering a GIANT rebate on variable speed pumps! You can get up to $1000 per variable speed pool pump if purchased AND INSTALLED in the month of May! Below are details directly from LADWP’s site:

“Must have a CA Title 20 qualifying programmable controller unit (built-in or stand alone).Pool pump and motor must be replaced to qualify.Above ground pools, pool cleaners, boosters, spas, ponds and decorative fountains do not qualify. New pools or pool pump and motor installations pertaining to new construction do not qualify for a rebate.For a list of qualifying models, go to”.

If you would like to get your summer started right, be sure to contact Cannonball Pools at 818.220.7889 and ask for Junior.

These offers are good for the month of May only.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What is the Purpose of Plaster?

Plaster is needed to have the smooth touch on your pool surface. Having a smooth surface means your pool has no erosion or calcium build-up on the surface. Once erosion occurs the surface takes on a very rough feel and creates pits for algae to grow into the pool walls and floor (this can cause problems with repeated algae formation in short periods of time).

How Do I Know I Need to Replaster My Pool?

There are some indicators that you may notice in your pools’ surface that will tell you that you need new plaster. Some major indicators are: algae that has grown into the pits of the plaster, you can see the gray gunite shell under the plaster, bubbles or pop-ups, the surface is rough to walk on, snags bathing suits, or pool cleaner parts seem to be wearing down in a short time (tires, wear rings, hoses, etc.), or when the plaster has blue/green or orange stains from high amounts of metals in water. Sometimes you can get an acid wash to temporarily “fix” your plaster problem, but consult a professional before moving forward.

Cannon ball Pools Most Recommended Surfaces

Pebble Tec & Pebble Sheen are Cannonball Pools most recommended surfaces (they come in 40 brilliant colors).

Pebble Tec brand pool finishes deliver an elegant, long-lasting beauty combined with

resilience and durability. This original pebble finish is made up of naturally polished pebbles creating a texture that has a slightly bumpy feel

with a

non-slip surface. Its unique characteristics allow a pool to blend with landscaping and water features creating the most natural pool imaginable.

Pebble Sheen brand pool finishes provide the natural beauty and durability of original Pebble Tec, combined with a smoother texture. Pebble Sheen pool interiors are lightly buffed to create a luxuriously refined feel with the look of rich granite.